As the cold chill of an arctic wind blew in, the prospect of a pivotal week in League 1 of UG Team was sure to warm the cockles of even the most fair weather golf fan. As discussions of The Masters became but a distant memory, the real golfing season was just getting tasty
Off the back of last week’s shock defeat, Stevie’s Wonders needed to respond to the speculation that their time is over. Facing a team in the form of #GCW, Stevie’s would certainly have been optimistic at getting back to winning ways. Saying that, The Wonders looked nervy as they scraped a par on the 1st for a half. #GCW are a much changed side these days, and turned out against the leagues most decorated side with a new look line-up of fresh-faced youngsters. With the inexperienced side taking time to adjust to the conditions, The Wonders were afforded the luxury of a slow start before finding their feet in the last few holes.
It was a relieved Wonders side that left the final green triumphant, but knowing that they will need to return to their vintage best next week if they are to reclaim their reputation as the game’s best side.
Fairway to Heaven have had a tough baptism into the league this time around and would have been sceptical about their chances of overcoming Cover Drive who just last week took out the previously invincible Stevie’s Wonders. Perhaps suffering a hangover from the wonderful performance last week, Cover Drive got off to a sluggish start – for which they were punished as Heaven got off to an uncharacteristically fast start, making birdies at 2 of the first 4 holes.
As the reality of the situation dawned on Heaven, Cover Drive started to apply a bit of pressure courtesy of Captain Fantastic stiffing a 180 yard approach. It looked that a barrage of birdies may be on their way, but still Heaven held on bravely and even responded with birdies on the 16th and 17th to send them toward a famous victory. In the history of UG Team Leagues this is most likely the biggest upset witnessed. A first victory for Fairway to Heaven that has ended Cover Drive’s hopes of landing a title triumph.
The collective talents of The Bulbous Melts this week knew that it was all about their birdie haul against The Course, with the more they made moving the title that little bit further from the grasp of Stevie’s Wonders. Without wanting to leave anything to chance, the Melts assembled their strongest line-up yet in order to boost their hole difference. The combination of Jimbodayo’s mercurial long-game and his team mates sterling iron-play, meant that their putting wasn’t called into action too often. That may have been just as well, as when they did face a couple of 15 footers, they missed them both.